THE AVENGERS #36-58: The Roy Thomas Years Part One

 

AVENGERS #38 was the first time Herc teamed up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and, true to form, he traded blows and barbs with just about everyone on the team by the time this arc was over.  He actually joined the team in #45 on the second annual “Avengers Day.”  (The first was in #22.)  Thanks to the always terrific CBSBG for that little tidbit.

AVENGERS #46: Goliath becomes Ant-Man.

And finally, AVENGERS #57-58: Behold this Vision!

Roy Thomas and John Buscema offer their first truly brilliant issue of The Avengers…And, frankly, it’s one of the best 2-issue arcs of the series ever. Known to fans as the “Even an Android Can Cry” story, it has a little bit of a ‘60s flower-child “everybody can love” vibe going on…

Herein begins for The Avengers the same kind of discussion you’ll find in Fantastic Four books about Silver Surfer: The meaning of humanity, and the irony of those who are not human having more “humanity” than true homo sapiens.

Obviously, there’s also a link to The Hulk and The X-Men here, but for me the real parallel has always been between Vision and Surfer.

Much, much later–in the Avengers/Defenders War–Vision and Surfer finally face off.

 

 

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